Royal Mail announce stamp price rises for 2015

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Royal Mail featRoyal Mail have announced their price changes (mainly rises) coming into effect on the 30th March 2015.

Stamp Prices

The base price of a stamp will rise 1p, taking the price of a First Class stamp to 63p and a Second Class stamp to 54p.

The good news is that it appears Royal Mail have not only held the promotional £2.80 price for Small Parcels up to 2kg, they’ve also reduced the prices for 1kg and 2kg Medium parcels.

Royal Mail 1st Class and 2nd Class Price changes


Weight up to

1st Class Price

2nd Class Price






100g 62p 63p 53p 54p

Large Letter

100g 93p 95p 73p 74p
250g £1.24 £1.26 £1.17 £1.19
500g £1.65 £1.68 £1.48 £1.51
750g £2.38 £2.42 £2.01 £2.05

Small Parcel

1kg £3.20 £3.30 £2.80 £2.80
2kg £5.45 £5.45 £5.45 £2.80

Medium Parcel

1kg £5.65 £5.65 £5.20 £4.89
2kg £8.90 £8.90 £8.00 £4.89
5kg £15.85 £15.85 £13.75 £13.75
10kg £21.90 £21.90 £20.25 £20.25
20kg £33.40 £33.40 £28.55 £28.55

Account and Contract Customers

Royal Mail Business Mail® 1st Class and Business Mail Parcels are increasing by an average of 1%

Royal Mail 24® and Royal Mail 48® Parcels are increasing by an average of 1% (excluding add-ons and surcharges)

Overall International Business services will increase on average by less than 1%

The overall price rises may differ dependent on the service you use and your traffic profile.

Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®

All Special Delivery on Account price points are frozen, but changes in your traffic profile can have an impact on which price you pay.

Royal Mail Tracked 24 and Royal Mail Tracked 48

If you have a Royal Mail Tracked account, your price changes will be notified to you before the anniversary of your contract.

Royal Mail 24 and Royal Mail 48

Parcel prices up to 1kg are rising by up to 2% depending on speed of service and quantity posted and you’ll notice that we’ve increased our volume discounts to help your business as it grows.

Royal Mail Large Letters

Prices are increasing by an average of 4%. For heavier items parcel prices from 1kg-2kg have been reduced.

Full Royal Mail Prices for 2015

We’ve only been able to publish a snapshot of Royal Mail prices here, there’s full information for Business, International prices and Franking prices available on the Royal Mail Prices for 2015 website.

21 Responses

  1. looks like they have the same weight / size categories for international too, eg large letter is now added it seems – just opened both price guides side by side and having a look how it will affect me.

    seem to have dropped too, i send “large letters size” and they are currently classed as parcel, new system they would be just like in the uk a LL

  2. RM have increased franking prices by more than stamps yet again. They have been doing this for several years and it is affecting a lot of small businesses who are locked into franking contracts, or have no real alternative due to volumes or package sizes.

    This began whilst RM was still publicly owned and the policy has continued post-privatisation.

    Can someone at Royal Mail explain this policy of singling out of franking mail for accelerated price increases?

    Or is it simply that the media only pick up on the 1st and 2nd Class stamp rates and this slips under the radar?

  3. Much better than it could have been. Some past increases have been much more than this.

    I notice that the parcel prices are staying the same or even becoming cheaper bar 1. Clearly the Parcel Competition is really affecting Royal Mail. I imagine they have lost a lot of customers in the past 1-2 years to the couriers and this is reflected in the prices.

  4. Let us not forget that fuel costs must make up a significant percentage of Royal Mails costs. We are always being told that fuel costs have been reducing. So why has Royal Mails prices gone up by more than the rate of inflation when their costs, or some of them, are going down.

    In regard to fuel costs. It appears as if this is fairly general across the UK but here in Cornwall it looks as if fuel costs(Petrol and Diesel) are nudging up again. Is this happening elsewhere in the UK or is it just in Cornwall.

  5. What? Not the usual stratospheric rise? Must be because the bird no longer needs to be primed for privatisation. That and the fact we’re all looking about for competitive alternatives.

  6. This is a very clever PR job by Royal Mail. Keep the headline stamp rises low but sneak extra increases elsewhere.

    Massive whack on the price of Signed For, which has risen nearly 10%. About as much use as a chocolate fireguard as we find barely half get a signature and they are targeted by tea-leaves, with a higher loss rate than standard mail.

    Parcels have also risen above inflation, so RM still haven’t learned their lesson.

    The only regulated price is Second Class stamp mail, which can only rise by around inflation.

    Name ANY privatisation where prices did not rise substantially in the long run. RM will be the same.

    The cost of diesel is just a red herring.

    To misquote The Who, we won’t get fuelled again.

  7. Royal Mail are idiots and expensive.

    Typical story, privatise the business, increase prices, shit service, and screw it all up. Ohh, don’t forget getting rid of a few people to increase annual profit (but never in the boardroom!)

    Do they know that couriers will deliver 1kg for under £3, and 2kg costs less than £4, and 5kg is about £5.50, and 10kg only costs £7.50? And all are a signed service (RM charge an extra £1 for this).

    Are RM really this dumb? Do they understand competition? Dohhh, why would they care? Assholes on stupid high salary’s don’t give a toss because they win whatever happens. Typical privatisation story.

    IMO all public services should be nationalised. Look at France and their railways, total success story. However we sell the jewels and later regret it. Time people woke up.

    RM are feeding from the ignorant occasional shipper. They are not competing and are in decline. Professional sellers know all this.

    Long live The Revolution!! 🙂

  8. We stopped using Royal Mail when the parcel – large letter fiasco was introduced. All our UK parcels are now by courier, collected from our door with real time tracking too. We avoid post offices like the plague and I would urge any serious UK seller of medium to large size items to look at courier deals NOW

  9. .
    Is there an alternative for Royal mail Large letter Signed For?.

    10% price increase come April will make this an expensive service….

  10. Interesting – so is it at this moment currently possible to send Large Letters to Europe at a lower rate than £3.20 for non-OBA users or SmartStampers?


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